Irving Gill was a pioneering, almost prophetic designer of the modern age. His designs presaged the minimalist/modernist aesthetic that became known as "Mid-Century Modern". However, Irving Gill's work was decades earlier, well ahead of its time. Gill trained alongside Frank Lloyd Wright, in the Chicago office of Louis Sullivan. He brought this training to Southern California, where he fused it with the local landscape and climate, gradually stripping away every unnecessary gesture and detail, until all that was left was the pure essence of natural materials, a respect for the landscape, and simple forms well-proportioned to the human body. Irving Gill's designs appear as modern today as they did 100 years ago.
Historic Home Plans --- Mid-Century Modern Home Plans --- Horatio West Court

Mid-Century Modern Home

Horatio West Court - 1919

Pioneering modern home designs by Irving Gill, an American master
$63 - 11 Sheets measuring 18 " x 24 "
Ext. Dimensions apx. 32' x 42'
2 Stories, 3-4 Bedrooms, 2 baths
Built in 1919, Santa Monica, California
Drawings prepared by HABS in 1968

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Horatio West Court - 1919

Decades before "modern" architecture became popular across the USA Irving Gill, in his work in southern California, developed an extraordinarily simple set of forms from the Mediterranean and Mexican traditions that he found there. These houses were far ahead of their time and remain, even today, strikingly modern looking buildings. But they are never cold and heartless. They are designed for gracious and comfortable living. At Horatio West Court in Santa Monica, Irving Gill designed a complex of 4 houses and 2 apartments, around a central auto court. These houses remain among Santa Monica's most beloved architectural masterpieces.

As a work of art these prints are worth purchasing in their own right. For those of you interested in building a historically inspired house, these plans offer an excellent starting point. At the ground level the arched entry porch opens into an entry hall with a Living Room at the right and Dining Room straight ahead. These both have patio doors onto a small terrace. To the left of the Dining Room are 2 spaces that could function as Kitchen and Family Room or Home Office. There is also a Bedroom and Bath on the ground floor. The upper floor contains 2 Bedrooms and a Bath. Although the plans do not indicate this, the roof over the Dining Room could serve as a terrace for the upper floor. This drawing set includes 2 variations on the house plans, as well as plans for 2-room apartments over the garages. This house is ideally suited to a flat site, in an urban or suburban setting. The house has outside dimensions of approximately 32' x 42'.

  • Building name:      Horatio West Court
  • Designer/Architect:      Irving Gill

  • Date of construction:      1919

  • Location:      Santa Monica, California

  • Style:      Mid-Century Modern Style
  • Number of sheets:      11 sheets measuring 18" x 24"
Sheet List
  • Cover sheet, Information, Vicinity Plan

  • Isometric View

  • First Floor Plan, 1/8"=1'-0"

  • Second Floor Plan, 1/8"=1'-0"

  • 2 Sheets of Elevations, 1/8"=1'-0"

  • First Floor Plan, 1/4"=1'-0"

  • Second Floor Plan, 1/4"=1'-0"

  • 2 Sheets of Elevations, 1/4"=1'-0"

  • 1 Sheet of 3 Sections, 1/4"=1'-0"

The prints you are purchasing are crisp, high resolution black line copies on white bond paper. The original drawings were beautifully delineated in 1968, by the Historic American Building Survey.

Please view my other plans for more designs by Irving Gill and other 20th century architects.

SHIPPING: Your drawings are shipped to you, by US Postal Service, rolled, not folded, in a Priority Mail tube.

IF YOU ARE PLANNING TO BUILD: These plans are NOT complete architectural drawings as might be required by your local permitting agency and do not contain all the structural, waterproofing and other details and information necessary for construction. But your local builder or architect should be able to adapt these drawings and add to them as necessary. What they do provide is accurate design information about a REAL Modernist home, not a pseudo-Modern tract house as you will find in the house plan magazines on your supermarket shelf. (GI003)

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